Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said Tamil Nadu would be free from power cuts very soon, thanks to expeditious steps taken by her government.
On January 29, the power generation in Tamil Nadu had reached an all-time high of 12,799 MW, up from the 8,000-9,000 MW range, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said power purchase contracts have been signed to get 3,330 MW for 15 years. During 2014-15, the State would get 1,098 MW power from private producers in Tuticorin and Cuddalore districts. Also, 2,158 MW power would be received from private stations in Chattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra, she said.
When she took up the sudden dip in power generation in the Central units in Tamil Nadu through her letter on November 25, 2013, the Prime Minister, in his letter dated December 16, 2013, said: “Thus, it may be seen that by sheer coincidence, various problems have hit the power sector in Tamil Nadu at the same time. However, efforts are being made to resolve these problems at the earliest”. Quoting this portion of the PM’s letter, Jayalalithaa said: “I leave this to your inference.”
To provide uninterrupted power this year, 16,151 new transformers have been installed. In all, from May 2011 till December 2013, 27.5 lakh new transformers have been installed, she said.